Hymotion in Motion
As host of The Next Gear, I get to meet people who are trying to bring about postitive changes in the automotive industry. Many of the people I meet are entrepreneurs whose inventions have the potential to change the world, and many of these people are using their own money, working without investment capital or government support. Ricardo Bazzarella is president of Hymotion, the Toronto-based company that has developed a hybrid conversion kit, or Plug-in Hybrid system (PHEV) that can convert existing Hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape (and eventually the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry) to achieving 100+mpg fuel efficiency, while helping fight climate change simultaneously and without removing or replacing any factory parts or components. The advantages of Hymotion’s PHEV kit include better fuel economy, fewer visits to the gas station, lower fuel costs, less pollution and longer driving range in all-electric mode. The promise is a triple-win for consumers worried about spiking gas prices, CO2 emissions and a national dependence on imported oil. Hymotion is also working on a flex-fuel plug-in hybrid, as well as Vehicle to Grid technology. The kits aren’t scalable just yet, costing around $12,000, but the company is working on lowering that cost to around $6-8K before year’s end.